When we hear that word some of our minds jump to museums or framed paintings and in that context.
Some people think, now I’m not a big fan of art. I just don’t get it or they think of art as something that’s just for intellectuals or artsy people. But really art is for anyone, who wants to experience it and it’s often in more places than we might realize.
Songs you like, movies you watch, poems, theater even a quilt that your grandmother made all of that and more is art.
So you might be wondering, well then what is art? How do I define it? Well that’s tough.
Arts have been around for thousands of years and through the ages it’s evolved in a number of different ways.
The reasons for creating it vary from person to person depending on any number of factors. So defining art is pretty tricky and it’s something that’s been debated throughout history. There just isn’t one agreed-upon definition.
However, many believe that art is anything that stirs emotion in you.
Now the emotions that get stirred up depend entirely on your own history, your story, everything that comes together to make up who you are. And because of this three different people can experience the same piece of art and have wildly different reactions to it.
One person might think it’s the most beautiful thing they’ve ever seen. The second person might hate it and the third might not feel much of anything at all and none of them would be wrong?
Everyone’s entitled to their own preferences and feelings when it comes to art. You know, the way you feel about your favorite song could be the same way that someone else feels about their favorite sculpture and even though you might not like that sculpture. It can be valuable to consider why, that person enjoys it so much, you may learn something about them and maybe even yourself.
The term arts is really just a label over the years a lot of people have tried to classify what it is or what it isn’t but, that’s not really what art is about.
It’s about your personal experience with it and the meaning that you draw from it. Everyone reacts to art differently and has the potential to grow and learn from.
It gives us the opportunity to tell stories, record history and tap into our emotions in a way that few other things can.
Types of Art interactive exercise
- artsy people
- to define art
- to stir emotion
- to experience a piece of art
- to be entitled to your own preferences
- to have the potential to grow
Match type of art with a picture
Learn more Art vocabulary
FCE Use of English exercise Art&movies
Weird hobbies FCE Use of English exercise
Learn more about easily confused words
Word formation FCE Art
Have a look at another Art ESL video lesson with a quiz!